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Creation of value-added services based on Harmonized Land Use and Land Cover Datasets: Project HLANDATA

Isabel Goñi, Maria Cabello, Delia Sola and Ana Vicente

(Submission #142)


Land Use and Land Cover are amongst the most important geographic information themes today because they are essential for many applications areas: On the one hand, they are taken into account for the development of projects which are subject to an Environmental Impact Evaluation. On the other hand, this information has an increasing importance for applications such as: GMES applications, calculations on CO2 drains for the National Greenhouse Gas Registry, irrigation land’s evolution and evaluation-projection on water consumption for agricultural goals, study on habitats and ecosystems with desertification risk, preliminary calculations on erosive states, study and evaluation of town-planning growth models (specially around big cities), etc.

It is expected that the INSPIRE Directive will be a key driver for the standardization and harmonization of land cover and land use information in the EU, but there is a long and tough way to reach this situation and INSPIRE will need to make use of the existing experiences in the field. This is why, some initiatives have been carried out (and are being carried out) which may support INSPIRE in achieving its objectives. On the one hand, there are initiatives which have worked in harmonizing the categorization of the information related to the Land Use and Land Cover themes, while other initiatives have been focused in the harmonization of the data models of the information related to Land Cover and Land Use themes.

The HLANDATA project aims at making a significant step forward in overcoming the aforementioned barrier, fostering the use of the Land Use and Land Cover geographic data at a European level, through the creation of value-added European services. The main objective of the project is to demonstrate the feasible European level harmonization of the Land Use and Land Cover datasets taking into account both the data categorization and the data models, for any of their possible uses and users, through the development of user oriented value-added services.


Submission Type:  Oral Presentation
Submission Track:  Trans-national SDI projects (including EU (co-)funded projects)


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